Talented grapplers prepare for new season

The winter sports season is in full gear. Most wrestling teams hit the mats for the first time on the Monday after Thanksgiving, and they will all be in action this week. The area boasts some strong wrestlers to return this year, highlighted by all-state wrestler Jimmy Murphy from Avon. Somers, is always tough and is coming off an excellent season from last year.

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Jeff Beiler’s team should contend for the CCC East title this season, but there is another milestone that the program is closing in on. Currently they have 494 wins as a program, and they will be gunning for their 500th early in the season.

“It’s a tremendous milestone,” Beiler said. “We should reach it this season.”

Beiler has been the head coach for 19 years, and involved even longer. With the school closing soon, this is something that will be celebrated by the wrestling program.

This season a cast of seniors and sophomores will help pace the Falcons.

“I have twelve seniors with experience coming back,” Beiler said.

Seniors Kevin Lampro, Matt Dwyer, Tristan Dixon, Alex Purdue, and Brandon Keeler will lead the way. He will also look for sophomores Charles Fields, Chris Pantasas, and Chase LaRusso to build off of their strong freshman seasons.

Suffield/Windsor Locks/East Granby

Last year the tri-op squad had some fantastic individual performances, and head coach Chris Potter returns many of the same standouts from last season.

Khamri Thomas will continue to lead the squad at 182 lbs. Last season he was a Class S State Champion at 160, and he finished 6th at New England’s.

Potter will also lean on all conference seniors Matt Guilmette, at 126 pounds, and Will Szozda, who had 32 wins last season.

Potter looks at his team as a contender, but notes that, “Avon is always the team to beat.”

Somers

Coach Scott Zachary will have a strong squad once again. Last year the squad finished 17-6, and they return the core of the team.

Senior Hunter Frasca, juniors Adam Patsun and Christian Andrade, as well as sophomore Jacob Berry should lead the way.

Enfield

The Raiders return some strong wrestlers to this season’s squad in seniors Bryan Murphy, Jarret Maloney, RJ Wages, and junior Jason Davis. Maloney only lost two matches all last season, and Murphy had 18 wins.

Maloney was an NCCC champ as a sophomore and all league last season. He also had a strong showing at the Farifield Ludlowe Tournament, placing second. Murphy also took home medals at the Bobcat Classic and the Fairfield Tournament.

East Windsor

The Panthers will be going through a rebuilding project this year. They only have four total wrestlers with any wrestling experience at any level.

Coach Jason Flynn is optimistic that they will fill all weight classes, and hopes that if things go well early, more players will come out.

”Brandon Davis, Kevin Kehoe, Brian Meyers and Jack Pelley should be the wrestlers to watch this year. Jacob Reilly has shown a lot of promise and has a lot of potential that he could reach this year,” Flynn said.

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